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'''Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov''' (;[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/goncharov "Goncharov"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''. , ''Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov''; – ) was a Russian novelist best known for his novels ''A Common Story'' (1847), ''Oblomov'' (1859), and ''The Precipice (Ivan Goncharov)|The Precipice'' (1869). He also served in many official capacities, including the position of Censorship|censor. Goncharov was born in Simbirsk into the family of a wealthy merchant; as a reward for his grandfather's military service, they were elevated to gentry status.Oblomov, Penguin Classics, 2005. p. ix. He was educated at a boarding school, then the Moscow College of Commerce, and finally at Moscow State University. After graduating, he served for a short time in the office of the Governor of Simbirsk, before moving to Saint Petersburg where he worked as government translator and...
Birth nameIvan Aleksandrovich Goncharov
Imagesize| caption = Portrait of Ivan Goncharov by Ivan Kramskoi (1874)
Birth date{{Birth date|1812|06|18|df=yes}}
Birth placeSimbirsk, Russian Empire
Death date{{Death date and age|1891|09|27|1812|06|18|df=yes}}
Death placeSaint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Period1847–1871
NationalityRussian
Notableworks''A Common Story'' (1847)
''Oblomov'' (1859)
''The Precipice (Ivan Goncharov)|The Precipice'' (1869)
OccupationNovelist
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